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Training Partnership With Green Globe Academy

Green Globe Academy and Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda(STTA) are proud to announce a training partnership to encourage more young people to be in the frontline of sustainable tourism development. The partnership will give youth, who are...

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Sustainable Tourism Report East Africa- Call for Submissions for Issue 9

What is fueling exclusion of coastal communities from tourism benefits? The Blue Economy and Sustainable Coastal tourism is the focus of Issue 9 of Sustainable Tourism Report East Africa. It remains a concern why coastal destinations in...

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Kenyan College Students Adding their Voices to the Sustainable Tourism Agenda

Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda (STTA), a Kenyan founded sustainable tourism organisation, in celebration of 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IYSTD2017), has designed a campaign to get student voices heard. The campaign, dubbed...

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Tourism During Covid-19 Surveys

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EA Sustainable Tourism Reports

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Student Seminars

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 32ND INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction The origin of mountain tourism dates back to 1336, when an Italian poet, Francesco Petrach, ascended mount Ventoux in France, and wrote a poem about it. Later on, mountain tourism became a popular activity in the...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 31ST INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction This seminar marked the start of the 4th year of inspiring a new generation of tourism professionals through monthly inter university seminars on sustainable tourism. Green practices aim at reducing environmental impact of different operations in...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 28TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction SDG 14, Life below water, requires tourism to increase economic benefits to small island destinations and least developed countries in target 14.7. For tourism, oceans are holiday destinations, a source of income, a vital protein source...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 27TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction Luxury is the ability to offer extremely differentiated products, with excellent quality, exclusivity, uniqueness, rarity and craftsmanship. Luxurious hospitality has inbuilt sustainability attributes is resilient and less wasteful. Thus it does not have to keep changing...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 26TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction In 2015, United Nations member states adopted a set of 17 aspirational Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as part of their agenda for sustainable development. SDG 13 calls for us to “Take urgent action to combat climate...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 25TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction The future of city based tourism is anchored on SDG 11, Sustainable cities and communities. This challenges policy makers to come up with better frameworks that support sustainable city based tourism planning and management. Cities are...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 24TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction Disruptor means something that alters or destroys known structures. Is sustainability at the core of disruptions in tourism or will it be affected by disruptions? These is the main question that was to be answered at...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 23RD INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction The 17 Sustainable Development goals by the United Nations (UN), are an urgent call for action by all countries, to build a better place, for people and planet by 2030. SDG 4 calls for all of...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 22ND INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction Shared value in tourism is about companies achieving economic successes, through an approach that simultaneously creates co benefits for sustainable development of communities. Successes of tourism and social development are inter dependent. So tourism should promote...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 21ST INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction Information on measuring tourism impacts can inform planning, management and promotion of tourism at policy and business level. This information also justifies tourism importance to Sustainable Development. Tourism may be making significant contribution to the economy,...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 20TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction Innovation means doing something better or differently than in the past, and creating value for which customers will pay. Experiences innovation means constantly evaluating and improving where need be, what we are doing today to ensure...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 19TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction The success of any attraction is in its ability to create an environment that offers visitors the opportunity to have experiences they consider engaging, positive and memorable. Consuming tourism is all about consuming experiences. Destination experience...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 17TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction The 17th STTA change makers at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, which was held on November 24th 2018, brought out discussions on how to spread benefits of tourisms growth equitably across diverse interest groups in the...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 16TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction One thing that we know for a fact is that travel will not stop. We have already surpassed 1 billion international travelers per year in less than 4 decades and the forecast is that the number...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM 15TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction Local communities or host communities are the original inhabitants of a tourism destination. They are the people who have lived in these destinations before tourism, deriving a livelihood from the resources and managing and shaping the...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM 14TH INTER-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Introduction Culture is defined as ideas, beliefs, social behavior and a way of life that is shared among a group of people. Culture can be passed down from one generation to the next. It can be manifested...

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From our Blogs

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM 101

Community Integration in Tourism Creates Diverse and Authentic Guest Experiences When host communities are not integrated in tourism by design through policy and business culture, they find ways to engage. Usually they fall short of conventional sector...

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Balancing Industrialization and Wildlife Conservation (Page 47. 2018 Africa Tourism Monitor)

Discourse abounds on the prioritization of wildlife conservation and industrialization. The jury is still open on whether wildlife conservation is an economic sector, system of access and allocation of resources, a set of ethics, or land use....

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Consumptive Wildlife Utilization – A Deadly Gamble for Kenya

The proposal for consumptive wildlife utilization is a deadly gamble for Kenya.  Conservation in Kenya has historically faced policy and governance failures that have led to dramatic loss of wildlife and wildlife habitats over the years. This...

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#PlasticfreeMICE – Ditching single use plastic items from our meeting rooms is possible

The Meetings Incentive Conferences and Events segment of tourism, also know as MICE could have a significantly larger environmental footprint than other segments of tourism. But it is rarely addressed when sustainable tourism is addressed. There are...

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Being a Responsible Business – Perspectives from Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President of Responsible Business at Carlson Rezidor Group

Inge Huijbrechts believes that sustainability is a non-competitive space. Everyone / everybusiness can engage. In this report, first published in EA Sustainable Tourism Report, Issue 6, Judy Kepher-Gona, captures highlights of an interview with  Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President...

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Obstacles in Transforming Tourism Sector into a RPI Industry

Obstacles in Transforming Tourism Sector into a Real People Impact (RPI) Industry Sustainable tourism has received a vote of confidence from United Nations. 2017 has been declared International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It is the...

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Unethical CSR- Intentional Fraud and Ignorance?

It is a shame to write about unethical CSR in this time and age when information is readily available on what businesses can and should do for ethical CSR. Tourism in particular has hundreds of indicators, awards and...

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Going green is expensive-Why does the perception persist?

More than 15 years ago, when i worked with experts and Kenya’s tourism fraternity to set up the eco-certification scheme for accommodation facilities in Kenya, cost of going green is one concern that emerged during every stakeholder...

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It isn’t Easy Being Green – The good and not too good practices in sustainable tourism

It has always been my conviction that what determines the sustainability index of a business is what they do, that which can be and has been verified and not what they say they do or what they...

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Is the Safari itinerary in Kenya Promoting Ecotourism

Kenya remains a top safari destination in Africa despite stiff competition from Southern Africa and Tanzania. It is widely acknowledged that the Kenyan safari received a massive boost from the movie “Out of Africa”. The safari became associated with a...

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